Now that you’ve got your goals nailed down and an action plan ready to go, here’s some extra advice for making sure you knock it out of the park.

Be competitive

Whatever your goal – aim to be the best. Like an athlete who wants to win, look around yourself and think about what it takes to be the best. How can you go over and above, make yourself stand out? This will help inspire you to work hard and will ensure you come out on top with more opportunities.

Work your butt off

As the saying goes, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Put your all into it, whatever it is. Be the first one in and the last one out. If you don’t know the answer to something, research it. Go out of your way to help your coworkers or fellow students. Chances are, your efforts won’t go unnoticed.

Find a mentor

Having a mentor to help advise and guide you is super helpful. It’s important to find a mentor who you admire, trust, and can relate to. You mentor might be a tutor you get on well with, or you might find someone in a Facebook group for professionals in your trade.

Surround yourself great people on the same mission as you are.

Increase your chances of success when you surround yourself with friends who support you and are on a similar mission.

Failure happens

It happens to all of us, and it’s going to happen to you at some point. Failures make us stronger, more determined, it forces us to think outside the box. There are a million examples of hugely successful people who had to suffer through many failures to be where they are today. Be like Michael Jordan who famously said he missed over 9,000 shots in his career, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Don’t be afraid to take a few risks.

Ask yourself: What’s the worst that can happen? If you risk nothing, you gain nothing. If you don’t challenge yourself, try a few things that you don’t know whether or not you can achieve, you can’t change yourself or your situation. Pushing yourself and doing something a little risky can be invigorating, and even if it doesn’t work out chances are you’ll learn some super valuable lessons.